2016 OGA Annual Meeting

2016 OGA Annual Meeting

October 24, 2016, Portland Golf Club

In attendance: OGA CEO, OGA Executive Committee, OGA staff and program chairs, Representatives from PNGA, Evans Scholar Foundation, USGA, Directors from about 100 clubs (of 300) represented.

Highlights of Reports

  • OGA members down from 50,000 in past 10 years, 40,000 members in 2016
  • Junior Golf growth: Competitive and non competitive events with 1,227 Junior Golfers (560 in 29 competitive tournaments (supported by donations)
  • “Youth on the Course” program with over 500 golfers paying $5 to play at 45 facilities
  • OGA tour participation (in state tournaments)
  • Volunteer base – 285 (tournaments, rating)
  • Hosting of 115th USGA Women’s Amateur at Portland Golf Club, and USGA Women’s 4 ball at Bandon Dunes during 2016
  • OGA Income on par with budget
  • 5 Rules workshops held in 2016
  • About 260 regular (real estate clubs, i.e. CWGA) and 60 associate clubs (not associated with a golf club)
  • Interactive OGA website: check out these on the website:
    • Rules of Golf Explained: http://www.usga.org/rules-hub/rules-of-golf-explained-trainers–series.html
    • Rules Quizzes: http://www.usga.org/RulesQuiz/rules_quizzes.html
    • Post a Score: http://oga.org/handicaps/post-score

USGA Report

  • “Rules Simplification Review” by 2018 (Modernization Rules project)
  • Online rules of golf videos at USGA site
  • Oregon hosted 5 qualifier events during this past year
  • One of Oregon Amateur Golfers (Monica Vaughn of Roseburg) picked as one of 8 to play in the winning 2016 Curtis Cup

PNGA (Pacific Northwest Golf Association) Report

(website: www.thepnga.org)

(Home Course: Dupont, Washington (OGA members play with reduced fee)

  • E blasts available for special offers
  • Publishes Pacific Northwest Golfer Magazine
  • 15 regional championships
  • 2017 Senior Women’s Amateur Championship – September. at Waverly Country Club
  • In 2017 events to celebrate 40 years of PNGA sponsored women’s golf

Evans Scholars Report

In US: 935 in school at 20 universities

(95% graduation rate) In Oregon: 40 at U of O or OSU, 1 at Notre Dame, 1 at Northwestern. Residency completed at U of O for 31 scholars

Challenges: (Economics and Membership)

  • Challenge of a demographic shift in play
  • Trend of new golfers – not joining clubs, recreational only
  • Growing membership, sharing communication

(Membership down, not growing)

  • Tournaments for all skill levels
  • Increasing membership through 2017 membership campaign, helping local clubs grow membership (6 clubs, including CWGA shared strategies used to grow membership)
  • Keep Junior golfers playing (“University Club pilot project at Corvallis)


OGA golf fee remains at $35 (each member pays to OGA) for 2017

Where does it go?

– Handicapping/Course Rating            $8 (22.9%)

– Championships/Tour/Rules              $4.50 (12.9%)

– Marketing/Partnerships/Promo         $5 (14.3%)

– Administration                               $5.50 (15.7%)

– OGA Golf Course Support              $2 (5.7%)

– Junior Golf Support                        $2 (5.7%)

– PNGA Membership                        $1 (2.9%)

– Evans Scholarship Foundation                  $1 (2.9%)

– Debt Service and Reserve               $6 (17%)


–OGA continues to work through its 10 Year Strategic Pillars of: Brand Enhancement, Leadership and Innovation of Core Products and Services, Human Resource Development, Facilities and Program Alignment (including communication to membership)

–Have created a new OGA logo

OGA Annual Awards presented following meeting, included:

–Members of the Year; Ken Forster, Illahe Hills Country Club

and Selma Cusick, Crooked River Ranch

–Handicap Chair of the Year: Guy DeMars, Stone Creek Golf Club

–Facility of the Year: Eugene Country Club

–Golf Professional of the Year: Tracy Snyder, Rogue Valley Country Club

–Club Executive of the Year: Jeff Fought, Black Butte Ranch

–Superintendents of the Year: David Stephens, Eagle Point Golf Club

and Steve Reynolds, Meadow Lakes Golf Club

–Dale Johnson Media Award: Tom Hewitt and Conan Elliott, Alpha Media


Submitted by Sue Oberg, OGA Director, representing CWGA


2016 CWGA Award Winners

We all congratulate: 

-Linda Owen our 2016 Most Improved Player

-Cathy  (M-Cat) Lundsford-Bowles for her “Hole in One” on Green 5

-Our  CWGA Club Champion – Susan Taylor

-Our CWGA Spring Handicap Champion – Susan Taylor

-Our CWGA Partner’s Tournament Winners:

——-Gross – Jan Watson and Judy Miller and Merra Frochen and Carlyne Lynch

——-Net – Victoria Mendenhall and Kari Muldrow

As well as weekly day play winners

Don’t forget to check out the Photo Gallery


Stagette Shotgun Scramble Winners:
1st place – net 52
Patty Graham
Shirlee Valo
Cathi McClain
Victoria Mendenhall

2nd place tie. – net 53
Merry Frochen
Sue Oberg
Laura Noffke
Kari Muldrow

Terri Borst
Judy Miller
Suzanne Hatton
Linda Schultze

Closest to Pin
Yellow 2 Kay Gardner 28′ 28″
Yellow 5. Cathi McClain 119″

Red 2. Lynn Liffick. 10’6″
Red 7 Kay Gardner 11′ 8″

Longest Drive
Red 6. Cathy (MCat) Lunsford-Bowles

Yellow 8
Jan Watson

Most improved – Linda Owen
Hole in One 
Green 5. – Cathy (MCat) Lunsford Bowles

2016 Eclectic Winners


Thanks to Linda and Her Board

CWGA thanks Linda Owen, the  Executive board and the Committee chairs

for a great 2016 season!

(Pictured: 2016 Executive Board: Linda Owen (President), Kathy Harp (Vice President), Joann Linville (Secretary), Victoria Mendenhall (Treasurer), Coleen Larson (Tournaments), Suzanne Hatton (Tournaments))

Are you Ready for our “Partee Time” Thursday?

Please arrive by 12:30 for check in

Our  SHOTGUN/SCRAMBLE begins at 1:00


Following golf:

-Happy Hour  (wine included)

-Annual Meeting

-Buffet Dinner